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Tiger and Elin Woods' new home: surrounded by ice

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Elin Nordegren Woods’ new home is so private that in winter you need a hydrocopter to reach it. Located on an island in the Stockholm archipelago, Tiger Woods’ wife’s new estate is surrounded by miles of ice. Nordegren Woods paid $2.3 million for the estate, which includes a main house, three small guest houses, two outdoor storehouses, a private beach, a mini-harbor and a boathouse sauna.

Tiger Woods: A golfer still, but on whose team?

BOSTON — If there were a sportswriter’s award for maturity and self-restraint, I would put forth my name in nomination. It has been two full weeks now since a certain famous golfer hit the now famous hydrant and I have not yet mentioned his name.

Highlights from the 2010 World Cup draw

BOSTON — Almost exactly four years ago in Leipzig, Germany, American hopes for success in the 2006 World Cup died — six months before the first ball was kicked. The occasion was the World Cup draw, the anxiously awaited playing assignments for the tournament’s 32 teams. And while the United States didn’t draw into the toughest of the eight groups — the group that is always dubbed “the group of death” — it landed in a group that promised near-certain death for the Yanks.

Opinion: Hey FIFA, how low can you go?

BOSTON — No matter how offensive you regard the actions of French striker Thierry Henry on the field last week, FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, is deserving of far more scorn and condemnation. More than just complicit in the spurious goal — created by Henry’s juggling act — that gave the match and a spot in the 2010 World Cup to France over Ireland, FIFA is guilty of grievous neglect of its responsibilities as steward of the world’s most beloved game.

Outraged Ireland demands a replay

DUBLIN, Ireland ― Ireland just can’t catch a break these days. The economy is in the tank, the weather is atrocious and now the country has been robbed — by a Frenchman.

World Cup: Bad soccer!

BOSTON — With the last six spots in World Cup 2010 up for grabs on Wednesday, organizers can return to worrying about all the daunting challenges that remain in South Africa.

"Damned United" and the tragedy at Leeds

A movie tells the story of the greatest soccer coach in England to never coach the national team.

A kick in the buck

MADRID, Spain — The end of the Stars’ League. That is what some say will happen if a new law makes the best foreign soccer players in Spain contribute more of their salaries in taxes. “The Spanish league, now one of the best in the world, will become a vulgar league unable to draw the best players,” said Javier Tebas, vice president of LFP, Spain’s professional soccer league.

Opinion: ALS, Lou Gehrig and Michael

BOSTON — If you’re in this journalism business long enough, you are privileged, every once in a while, to play a small part in somebody else’s far more meaningful drama. About a year ago, I had a walk-on part in Michael Goldsmith’s life. A mutual friend had asked me if I might use my connections at Newsweek, where I worked for almost 30 years, so that Michael could share his story via the magazine’s popular “My Turn” column. As a result, last November it became his turn.

America's Cup goes to court

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The challenge for the 33rd America’s Cup, sailing’s most prestigious trophy, is turning into a legal marathon. Alinghi, the Swiss defenders of the cup, announced earlier this week that it would appeal a New York State Supreme Court ruling that rejected Ras al-Khaimah, a hot and humid Persian Gulf port about 100 miles off the coast of Iran, as the venue for the February race.
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